Machine is too hard to clean
There are some domestic machines that you put milk into a special container and put in a plastic tube for the milk to be sucked up through. The milk gets heated with steam and air added to create a hot frothy milk for your cappuccino. Getting the temperature right can be a challenge and quite often you find your brew needing a quick hit in the microwave to get to your desired temperature. Then each day there is a cleaning process of pulling apart and ensuring that all milk is removed. Failing to do this will create a new problem the next day. Either blocking up or you are getting ill from the bacteria growing in the milk tubes. After a month of pulling apart and cleaning the milk frother then is rarely used as the fun has finished and now the machine is just making coffee and the microwave is heating your milk.
A domestic grinder and domestic espresso machine.
This sounds fantastic, I can grind my coffee fresh every morning and brew the perfect coffee. Quite often these machines have a domestic steam wand that is a super heated aluminium block that cold water is pumped into and then out comes your steam. If not regularly descaled The block can easily get blockerup with calcium that builds up from the hard water. There is a process required every day to get tis system to work well and can be quite messy with coffee grounds and coffee waste. Most of these systems are fun at first but lose their joy with the coffee wastage setting the grinder and constant cleaning up after your morning brew. Adding another expensive appliance in the back of the not used appliance cupboard.
Automatic Domestic Machines
The domestic bean to cup machines are an interesting idea. They can produce a good cup of coffee as long as the grinder is set perfectly and the beans are kept fresh. The downside is that these machines only make a few coffee’s each day and the beans sit in the machine for sometimes weeks before being ground. There is also the problem of partly ground to fully ground coffee that sits in the system waiting for the next coffee. If it has sat in the machine all day then the next coffee made is not fresh at all. As the coffee is getting stale the grinder settings will not be consistent so the aging beans will not be the same as the first day you used it. The other concern is if the machine does have a breakdown finding a repairer can be difficult and expensive. Quite often cheaper to go buy a new machine.
The advantage is the machines are cheap, there are numerous coffee flavors, generally quite east to use and the coffee is kept fresh inside the plastic capsule. Getting your milk to the right consistency and temperature is quite often a challenge with these systems. The microwave quite often becomes the most convenient way to heat your milk. In the end its just a hot milk coffee, nothing too exciting. The capsules were a great idea in the beginning however even the inventor of the capsule wishes he had never invented them. The massive impact on the environment has been huge with 22 billion capsules produced. Enough to circle the globe 7 times. Manufactures claim 20% are being recycled, some believe it to be as little as 5%.
So what is the Solution ?
We believe we have found it with our new Pod machine Cecilia. Cecilia is a commercial coffee machine. It uses a recyclable coffee pod which is simply ground coffee packed in Coffee filter paper. Easy to use and full compost able. Each pod is individually wrapped in foil to keep it perfectly fresh. There are a large number of coffee flavors to choose from. There is a commercial milk frother so you can texture your milk like the coffee shop. Clean up is simply wiping the milk wand and rinsing out the milk jug with cold water. So it can make the perfect cup of coffee every time. Easy to use , easy to clean.